Wednesday, May 25

Every Premier League goal Harry Kane & Son Heung-min have set up for each other

There aren’t many strike partnerships in the Premier League currently better than Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

The 2020/21 season saw the duo combine a ridiculous 14 times for goal combinations as duel scorers and assisters, with particularly impressive performances coming in the 5-2 win at Southampton and the 6-1 embarrassment of Manchester United.

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Who’s better out of the two? It’s pretty much impossible to tell at this stage. The good thing for Spurs, though, is that when the pair combine to good effect they’re pretty much unstoppable.

So here’s every goal they’ve combined for as creator and finisher in the Premier League. We’re not counting penalties, as they’re not as much fun.

Son had a pretty quiet 2015/16 season, his debut campaign with Tottenham, but started the following term in devastating form.

He scored twice in a 4-0 demolition of Stoke before setting Kane up for his first of the season.

Spurs were trailing 2-1 to West Ham when Son was brought on in the 72nd minute, and it was his contribution that turned the game in Tottenham’s favour.

His low cross eventually found its way to Kane, who had the simple task of tapping in at the back post for the equaliser. Son also won the penalty which Kane converted to seal Tottenham’s victory, but this isn’t fantasy football so it doesn’t count – and like we said, it’s not as fun.

Kane and Son had already scored before they combined for the third in this 5-0 over Swansea.

Son charged towards the box before cutting back, inadvertently setting up Kane to slam into the far corner.

Hugo Lloris had a bit of a mare in this game, firstly misjudging a long punt over his defence for Leroy Sane’s opener before spilling a cross, allowing Kevin De Bruyne the easiest goal he’ll ever score.

However, Dele Alli nodded in to half the deficit before Kane and Son combined for the equaliser. The England international nonchalantly knocked the ball around the corner with the outside of his foot for Son, who bounced the ball past Claudio Bravo. Remember Claudio Bravo?

It’s just a lovely little flick from Kane to send Son through on goal here.

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Everything was coming off for Spurs towards the end of the 2016/17 season and the partnership between the two star forwards was starting to become evident.

Remember when Kane got so angry at the thought of not winning the Golden Boot he decided to score seven goals in the final two games of the 2016/17 season? That was funny.

Also, for the first time here, we have multiple goal involvements in one game! Yay! Firstly, Son scrambled down the right before pulling it back for Kane to roll in. The roles of creator and finisher were switched for Spurs’ fourth as Kane set Son running from his own half.

The South Korean pulled the ball back onto his right foot just outside of the area and curled into the far corner.

Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip were very bad in this game. Like, laughably bad.

Kane’s assist for Son came when Lovren totally misjudged Lloris’ throw, allowing Kane to cross from the right for Son to finish with ease.

Kane set the record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year on Boxing Day in 2017 and marked the occasion with a hat-trick.

His second came from some delicious build-up as Dele Alli slid Son in down the left. The ball across goal needed only a slight nudge from Kane for his second.

Jonjoe Kenny was only about 12 years old when he was thrown in against Son, so you have to feel a little sorry for the Evertonian given how royally he was mugged off for Tottenham’s second against Everton back in January 2018.

Son spun Kenny and dragged the ball past him before getting away from Mason Holgate to cross low for Kane.

It was Son who was the game winner against Huddersfield, scoring twice in a routine victory over the Yorkshire outfit.

Kane showed his awareness with a cross from the right which bounced perfectly for Son to head back across goal past Jonas Lossl.

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It’s still something of a mystery how Son managed to prevent the ball spinning off the pitch for this goal.

He got to the byline in messy fashion before squaring for Kane, whose shot struck Bruno Saltor before going in.

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Tottenham were never truly in the title race during the 2017/18 season but still needed victory over Newcastle in May to secure Champions League football for the following season.

Thankfully Kane was at his cool best when set up by Son in the 50th minute, placing an effort into the top corner from the edge of the box.

This was another trademark cross from creator to finisher, with Son getting on the end of Kane’s pass for an easy goal in a routine win over Southampton.

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After this game, writers and fans up and down the country promptly asserted Tottenham were in the title race. They fell out of contention just as quickly as they were talked up, winning just three of their final 12 league games.

But regardless, this was still a ruthless display rounded off when Kane side-footed Son’s low cross past the outstretched arms of Jordan Pickford.

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Son didn’t exactly lay this one on a plate for his forward partner. It was actually an effort way outside the box from Kane’s left boot that Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio could only flap a hand at.

Pretty good goal really. Shame Spurs capitulated in the final quarter of the game to lose 3-1.

This was about as routine a win as Tottenham got during the 2018/19 season.

They were three goals up by the half hour mark, with Son’s third sealing the deal. The South Korean gathered Kane’s pass in a tight area and shifted wider to the right before popping a shot back across Neil Etheridge.

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The impressive thing here wasn’t Son’s backheel. It was Kane somehow getting a shot away despite having to deal with a massive shove in the back courtesy of Caglar Soyuncu.

The England captain stumbled towards the ground but still managed to bounce the ball off the ground and over Kasper Schmeichel.

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There were a number of excellent goals in this ‘contest’, not just Son’s run from his own half.

The game’s opener was a corker, Kane smashing in a swerving effort from Son’s nudged pass.

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We’ve missed a bunch of time here, haven’t we?

That’s because in the 2019/20 season, Kane got a nasty hamstring injury and then Son messed up his arm at Aston Villa.

They were playing together again when the Premier League restarted after the coronavirus hiatus, Kane sealing a 2-0 win over West Ham on the counter late on from Son’s through ball.

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This was a pretty horrific game for Spurs fans. An early Kane goal was disallowed controversially for a handball in the buildup before Sheffield United charged into a 3-0 lead.

Spurs did eventually cut their hosts open when Son squared for Kane in the 90th minute. A good game for the partnership stats, a bad game for everything else.

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It must be said that, while this game put the Son and Kane partnership back on the map, Southampton’s defending throughout was atrocious.

Having taken the lead through Danny Ings, the Saints then elected to leave acres of space in behind their defence as Kane dropped into midfield, finding Son with chipped passes time and time again.

Four times to be exact. Great finishing from Son, but also one of the worst defensive displays you’re ever likely to see.

Again, Tottenham were given a big helping hand by some more terrible defensive play, with United‘s Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw particularly woeful on the day, but the link up between Son and Kane was still brilliant.

Some quick thinking from a free kick saw Kane send Son clean through, with the latter deftly chipping the ball past David de Gea and into the corner.

After Anthony Martial’s red card, United gave the ball away on the edge of their own area and the play ended with Kane tucking home from Son’s pass.

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20 minutes into this game and Tottenham fans were in dreamland. The 2020/21 Premier League title was a sure thing, mainly because Kane and Son were playing so elegantly and smartly together.

One long ball over the top was all it took from Kane to set Son up in the first minute, before Son played one to Kane, who nutmegged Declan Rice and fired beyond Lukasz Fabianski for the second.

Then some other stuff happened and the game ended 3-3.

This is probably one of the more unusual combinations.

Staring a 0-0 draw at Burnley in the face on a cold Monday night, Kane diverted Erik Lamela’s out-swinging corner to Son, who headed past Nick Pope into the top corner.

It proved enough to earn victory for Spurs at Turf Moor.

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Sometimes, all you’ve got to do is give Son the ball and he’ll do something a bit crazy. Like scoring a 25-yarder in the north London derby.

Arsenal were guilty of giving Kane space to turn and pass to Son, who also had acres to work with on the left before cutting in and floating a curler past the outstretched Bernd Leno.

Kane added a second just before half time, latching onto Son’s pass to smash in off the crossbar. The Gunners had two defenders to Tottenham’s four attackers during that passage of play.

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If it weren’t for Vicente Guaita in this game, Son and Kane might have a few more additions to their collection.

As it was, Son made a simple pass to Kane, who unleashed a swerving shot from distance that caught the Spanish goalkeeper off guard.

Leeds had plenty of the ball during the opening stages of this clash but failed to make it count, leaving them frustrated when Kane netted a penalty before he set up Son for the second.

The England striker clipped the ball into Son’s path, with the South Korean applying a caressed touch to guide the ball past Illan Meslier.

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It took a couple of months for Kane and Son to finally get there, but when they combined for another strike against Crystal Palace they broke the Premier League record for most goals combined by a duo in a single season.

Kane had already set up two for Gareth Bale with Son looking a little left out, but it finally clicked when the South Korean sent Erik Lamela’s pass back across goal to Kane, who had the simple task of nodding in.

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An uncertain summer followed the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, with Kane looking to leave when Spurs finished seventh in the Premier League. That exit didn’t come, however, and the England captain started the following campaign slowly.

He didn’t get his first league goal until October, when he lobbed Karl Darlow at St James’ Park, and he followed up that strike by setting up Son with a pass across goal.

This goal took Kane and Son level with Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard for the record of all-time Premier League goal combinations, and what a game to do it in.

City weren’t at their resolute best at the back and some sluggish tracking allowed Kane to charge into the box unmarked to brilliantly convert Son’s clipped cross.

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